Tithiya Sharma

  • Jun 13, 2010 00:17 IST

    Adventures of a deviant traveller

    As you read this, I’m probably touching down in my first port of call. From the Backpackers Mecca of Bangkok, I begin my epic gap year. Tithiya Sharma writes.

  • Jun 19, 2010 21:52 IST100 heroes project

    The man who sold his house to build a school

    If I look out of the window in my room, I see lush green mountains, thatched roof huts, a mud brick making shed with a clumsy playground in the foreground. This update is coming to you from the Community Learning Center in the little village of Ban Nai Soi in Mae Hong Son district in Thailand, writes Tithiya Sharma.

  • Jul 04, 2010 00:05 IST100 heroes project

    A hip-hop healing

    I walked into the Tiny Toones Youth Drop-in Centre and there was crazy street style graffiti on the walls and loud hip-hop music blaring. There were five year olds to teenagers with pants precariously hanging off their bottoms eyeing me distantly. They were all very cool and aloof but I knew I could break in! Tithiya Sharma writes.

  • Jul 10, 2010 22:22 IST100 heroes project

    Victim to warrior

    I’ve been travelling for a couple of weeks in South East Asia now. I’ve had quite the adventure navigating through the hands-on tourism here. I’ve been tugged into shops, duped by sweet old ladies and even roughed up by a Tuk-Tuk driver, writes Tithiya Sharma.

  • Jul 18, 2010 00:02 IST100 heroes project

    Unexploded bombs

    Around the world in 54 weeks destination 5: laos

  • Jul 24, 2010 23:28 IST100 heroes project

    Bridging the gap

    A gentle voice greeted me on the phone. He was concerned about how I’d make my way to Kuala Lumpur’s suburbs. I jotted down his precise instructions on a boarding pass and stepped out to find Anthony Arokia. Tithiya Sharma writes.

  • Jul 31, 2010 22:24 IST100 Heroes Project

    Proud to be pink

    In every other place I've been to, all the travellers looked like me — scruffy and in need of a shower. But, in Singapore — with its spotless pavements and cosmopolitan vibe — I felt apologetic for being 'different'. Tithiya Sharma writes.

  • Aug 07, 2010 22:56 IST100 heroes project

    Preserving paradise

    The backpacker district of Kuta in Bali, Indonesia, is a far cry from the island paradise of tourism brochures. It's narrow alleys and milling crowds — typical of quarters in tourism hot spots that evolves to cater to the shoestring budget traveller, writes Tithiya Sharma.

  • Aug 21, 2010 22:34 IST

    A fight for flipper

    Need more space? Hop on a space shuttle! Flipper’s been here longer. Tithiya Sharma is on a year-long journey across the globe to find 100 everyday heroes — and hopefully herself — along the way.

  • Aug 28, 2010 22:55 IST100 heroes project

    My hillside story

    Drive just 50 km west of Sydney and you’re in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Rising to more than 1,100 m above sea level at its highest point, it is the fourth area in New South Whales to be declared a World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 2000. Tithiya Sharma writes.

  • Sep 04, 2010 21:39 IST100 heroes project

    Be the change

    Abandoned and abused by his parents, Ray Avery grew up in orphanages and foster homes. His story could have turned out very differently, but instead of Avery the social menace and deviant, I had just spent the morning with Ray Avery-New Zealander of the Year, 2010. Tithiya Sharma writes.

  • Sep 11, 2010 23:03 IST100heroes project

    Free meals exist

    In 2000, Shanaka invested his life savings to put into practice a radical idea that he calls 'Lentil As Anything'. A 'pay as you feel' restaurant where anyone can walk in, eat to their hearts content, writes Tithiya Sharma.

  • Sep 18, 2010 23:30 IST100 heroes project

    Football for peace

    The queue for immigration at London’s Heathrow Airport is the longest I’ve ever seen. Refugees, students, workers; nervously holding their passports and immigration forms, inching forward slowly to have their documents checked.

  • Sep 25, 2010 23:14 IST100 heroes project

    High-tech riders

    Around the world in 54 weeks.Destination 14: Ireland

  • Oct 02, 2010 21:45 IST100 heroes project

    Feels great to be solo

    Almost four months in on my trip. I’ve travelled to 14 countries and met travellers from thrice as many. My mind is full of a thousand sights and sounds and tastes.